At a Ceremony held in the Great Hall of Guildhall on 28th September 2016 I and my fellow Sheriff (Alderman, William Russell) officially took up the role of Sheriff of the City of London.
The Sheriffs of the City of London have traditionally been sworn in on the 28th September, the Vigil of St Michael the Archangel, or on the Friday before if that day falls at the weekend. The London Metropolitan Archives record the admission to Office on that day of Nicholas Pyot and Nigel Drury in 1307. In 1404 the Common Council declared that the Sheriffs would cease to hold Office at noon that day.
Reference to a Feast or Breakfast date from 1568 when a Book printed by John Day recorded as follows;
"For Swearing the Sheriffs upon Michaelmas Eve".
"What day soever it falleth, many of the Alderman as are bidden to Dinner at either of the Sheriffs' Houses, shall come thither to Breakfast, or else to Drink, at Eight of the Clock in the morning their Violet Gowns furred, with the Violet Cloaks brought with them, without their Horses. But if the Sheriff be an Alderman, then they must put on their Cloaks, and the Sheriff likewise his Cloak and so go to the Guildhall between two of the Grey Cloaks. But if the Sheriff be no Alderman, then to come between two of the Aldermen without their cloaks and the Sheriff wearing his livery Gown and his Hood. And after when he is sworn, then he is to put on his Violet Gown and Cloak and his Chain thereon. And the Alderman must bring him home to his Place, with their Cloaks, and so after Dinner, take their pleasure".
The Sheriffs' Breakfast:
Pictures following the ceremony and of the Breakfast - held this year in the Old Library of the Guildhall.
The Admission and Signing Ceremony:
Here are a few pictures of the ceremony held (as usual) in the Great Hall of Guildhall.